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Spotlight on Stock

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Our purchasing team are often compared to a swan, on the surface they are elegantly gliding through their day-to-day activities, whilst below the surface they are peddling hard navigating the choppy waters of global supply. But how easy is it to maintain a constant supply of main line products and what work goes on behind the scenes to make sure you get your products delivered …

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Talking to… John Blackburn

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A master of process with a well-established background in the building products industry and a passion for an empowered culture. Our new Group Managing Director, John Blackburn, felt like a natural fit for the Shawston team. But what exactly attracted John to join the Shawston family?  And now that he’s taken over the reins and is running the day-to-day operations, …

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Matt Lee’s the Way Forward

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We are delighted to welcome Matt Lee to the Shawston family. Having admired Matt from afar for many years we are thrilled that Matt has chosen to join the team. Matt brings with him a wealth of experience in the Mechanical Services sector and his skills will undoubtedly boost our Senior Leadership Team too. The article linked below is a …

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Part 5: Everlasting Shawston

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“…there is definite change in the air.” Rob Davenport The last in our 5 part series of The Shawcast focuses on Rob’s view of the future and how #Shawston will play a big part in that future.  It’s worth noting that The Shawcast was recorded before the onset of the global pandemic. We can draw many parallels from the recording …

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Part 4: Growth & Demand

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“So that’s the secret to our success.” Rob Davenport Find out what that secret is by reading Part 4 of The Shawcast. You’ll also find out how #Shawston grew from a £750k business to the £22m business it is today and the impact of Grenfell on #Shawston and the marketplace. It’s a great read, don’t miss it! View Part 4 …

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Part 3: Creating a Legacy

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“…10% of the equity now sits with Lorry Drivers, Warehouse Operatives, Fabricators, Customer Services teams, Accounts, Finance, Marketing, you name it, all the way through to the Senior Managers.” Rob Davenport View Part 3 of The Shawcast today and read about the key changes for #Shawston in the last 18 years, becoming employee owned and how these changes saw the …

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Part 2: Powering Through

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“Our job is to keep everybody safe. That means customers, employees, our employees families and also our partner suppliers.” Rob Davenport. Download Part 2 of The Shawcast today and read about how the impact of the 2008 recession affected #Shawston – we can certainly find many similarities from that experience in 2020 – look at how Rob and the team were inspired …

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Part 1: The Early Years

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“I like to listen. I have learnt a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway. Now more than ever we have plenty of time to listen. We can listen to learn, listen to be entertained and listen to help and support others, these are just a few ways listening can be beneficial. But the key is …

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A Proud Moment

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We’re immensely proud!!! Why?  Because our very own Head of Marketing – Angela Wilkins has just achieved her chartered marketeer status.  This achievement is all the more impressive when you consider the personal choices that she has made along the way. Three years ago, and with her three young boys now off to school, Angela chose to return to work …

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Every masterpiece evolves from a journey

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Take a look at ours. We are in our 20th year since the MBI back in 2001.  We are proud to still be here, stronger, fitter, and even hungrier for success.  Despite the headwinds we and you have all faced over the years: the financial crash of 2008 leading to 4 years of GDP contraction/stagnation; fake Brexits, real Brexits, what seems …